Blogging 101… the Beginning

Welcome to my new blog. This is my first true attempt into the blogosphere. I will be posting here various topics that relate to Educational Technology. I have contemplated blogging many times, but my hatred, fear and full anxiety of writing has prevented me from doing so.

Today I would like to discuss blogs. What is their purpose? Should they be used in schools? If I really liked writing I would say, “Yes.” Since I do not want my contempt for writing to bias me, I will stay say, “Yes.” There are a myriad of activities and projects that can be done with a blog.

Blogs can be used as a writing tool. Students can blog a paragraph or too and then other students can comment on it. They can make their editorial critiques and then the student can create a final draft. The teacher can see which students are commenting and are participating in the assignment.

Additionally blogs can be used to brainstorm about a holiday or event in Jewish History. Everyone can have their voice heard. Blogs can be used to help create D’vray Torah as a community where everyone has a say.

Check out these links for some ideas:

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/educationupclose.phtml/47

http://my-ecoach.com/online/webresourcelist.php?rlid=4992

http://web20intheclassroom.blogspot.com/2008/10/ways-to-use-blogs-in-your-classroom-and.html

If you have any other ideas or comments please feel free to share. Just please be kind with your comments.

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4 Comments

Filed under blogs, computers, Education, technology, web 2.0

4 responses to “Blogging 101… the Beginning

  1. Aliza

    Blogs can be used in a variety of ways by teachers. Firstly, all homework assignments can be posted there allowing parents and students to access the info anywhere. Additionally, you can assign children to each comment at least X number of times on a blog creating an online and, often, quite stimulating conversation relating to a class topic. Also, never underestimate the power of fan fiction. Give the children free room to pick up where Shakespeare or Dr Suess left off!

  2. lisa bregman

    HI!
    It looks like you are doing a great job on your blog and your class! Look foward to reading more entries!

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